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What Was Buried In the State Of The Union Address

Buried in the waft of proposals surrounding the State of the Union was an important proposal to change the tax code: That is the essence of the president’s proposal.  He’d curb the use of 529s, which disproportionately benefit upper-income families, to finance expansion of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which is available only to families […]

I kidded former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, urging him to agree with me that the president’s State of the Union address was “great.” DeLay surprisingly said, “actually I thought it was great…I just love the kind of address he gave. It just laid out his socialist ideas…” His point was that the president’s boldness should push […]

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios knows that President Obama used his State of the Union address to give subliminal Muslim messages. On Rios’ radio program this morning, a listener called in to complain that Obama said he met the country’s “newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London,” which the listener […]

When President Obama noted that he wasn’t running again during his State of the Union Address, Republicans began to applaud. But then the president said, ” I know, because I won both of them.” So, he had a comeback to GOP snark. But, suddenly, it wasn’t so funny anymore, and Obama was attacked for being, […]

Republicans offered a Spanish version of its response to the State of the Union address, which differed widely from what it offered elsewhere. …freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida delivered the Republicans’ Spanish-language response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. His remarks initially were billed as a translation of Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst’s […]

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, given a wonderful opportunity to speak for Republicans in response to the State of the Union address, missed something in her response: a response. Before Obama was even was 1/3rd of the way through his speech, her remarks were released. “A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his […]

Sue me, I love the State of the Union. Always have. I enjoyed it even when George W. Bush was president, and the record shows how I felt about the Bush administration. (I particularly liked Bush’s State of the Union in 2006 when he warned against creating “human-animal hybrids,” obviously to prevent a pig-man dystopia.) […]

For four years, environmentalists and oil tycoons alike have waited impatiently for a definitive answer from President Obama regarding the Keystone XL pipeline extension. They got their answer today in the State of the Union Address. “Twenty-first century businesses need 21st century infrastructure  —  modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest Internet. Democrats and […]

The Tea Party seems intent on keeping itself separate from Republicans. This year, the honor of giving the official tea party response goes to Florida Congressman Curt Clawson. The Tea Party Express website praises Clawson as someone who “brings new ideas and solutions to Washington and the President’s failing policies.” Clawson isn’t that well-known on […]

We know the key initiatives President Obama will lay out tonight, and that is a good thing, as Rick Klein points out. The “spoilers” strategy may sap what’s left of the drama of anticipation around Tuesday night’s State of the Union. But that drama has been dissipating naturally anyway – and that’s why the White […]

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